Charity calls for WRAG exemption from benefits cap

  11th August 2016 A leading user-led charity has called for more disabled people to be exempt from the cap on working-age benefits, after the publication of new government figures. Disability Rights UK (DR UK) spoke out after the Department … Continue reading →

Arts Council funding is ‘vote of confidence’ in disability arts organisation

  11th August 2016 The Arts Council has awarded hundreds of thousands of pounds to the disability arts movement in a bid to address the under-representation of disabled-led organisations among those receiving its funding. Arts Council England (ACE) announced this … Continue reading →

Government ‘could have saved £48 billion on social care’ with full funding of DFGs

11th August 2016 The government could have saved nearly £48 billion in social care costs over five years if it had funded all the work needed to make disabled people’s homes more accessible, according to a new user-led campaigning website. … Continue reading →

DPAC will use Paralympics to highlight austerity impact in week of action

11th August 2016 Disabled activists are to hold a week of action to coincide with the start of the Rio 2016 Paralympics, in a bid to highlight the impact of austerity-driven cuts on disability rights. Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) … Continue reading →

Atos nurse struck off over PIP assessment lies

11th August 2016 A nurse has been struck off after pretending that she had assessed disabled people for their eligibility for disability benefits in their own homes, when she had actually carried out the assessments by telephone. Amelia Victoria Bailey … Continue reading →

DWP silent over ‘fitness for work’ tests carried out by drunk Atos nurse

11th August 2016 John Pring DWP silent over ‘fitness for work’ tests carried out by drunk Atos nurse The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is refusing to say whether it has reviewed hundreds of “fitness for work” tests carried … Continue reading →

Documents show WCA suicide death mirrored 2010 tragedy

4th August 2016 John Pring A physiotherapist took just 35 minutes to carry out a face-to-face assessment that led to a man with complex mental health problems being found “fit for work”, a decision that appears to have triggered his … Continue reading →

Government’s hate crime plan’s ‘unforgiveable’ failure on disability

  Angry campaigners have attacked the government’s new hate crime action plan for its “totally disrespectful” failure to address problems around disability-related hostility. The four-year action plan was published this week by the new home secretary, Amber Rudd, and aims … Continue reading →

Downgrading social care minister ‘is serious backward step’

The Department of Health has been heavily criticised for downgrading the seniority of the minister in charge of adult social care. The last four ministers responsible for social care – Labour’s Phil Hope, Liberal Democrats Paul Burstow and Norman Lamb, … Continue reading →

Rebooted Disability Confident ‘is shockingly bad’

Disabled campaigners have given mixed reviews to a new version of the government’s Disability Confident employment scheme, with one saying he was “genuinely shocked” by how weak it was. Disability Confident – which has urged employers to “see the ability, … Continue reading →

Maximus company ‘lied’ about user-involvement in inspection contracts

A company controlled by the disgraced US outsourcing giant Maximus apparently lied when it promised that user-led organisations would help it deliver a vital part of the care watchdog’s inspection programme, Disability News Service (DNS) can reveal. Late last year, … Continue reading →

Law centre’s disabled clients ‘abandoned’ by governing body

A disabled solicitor has accused his governing body of forcing him to abandon disabled clients without legal representation, after it withdrew permission for his new law centre to take on legal aid cases. The Law Society of Scotland (LSS), the … Continue reading →

Campaigners Call for Boycott Of Workfare Slave Labourers

Campaigners are calling for people to boycott workfare users this week after  a long court battle to get those taking part in using cheap workfare named and shamed to be released . See the list below and say ‘NO’ to … Continue reading →

Parents of Scottish ‘fit for work’ suicide man back call for Iain Duncan Smith prosecution

    John Pring Disability News Service Thursday 28 July 2016 The parents of a disabled man who took his own life after being wrongly found “fit for work” have backed attempts to persuade Scottish police to investigate the actions … Continue reading →

Funding drought ‘shows up discrimination faced by BME groups’

Organisations that represent disabled people from black and minority ethnic (BME) communities face blatant and widespread discrimination at the hands of local and national government, according to a leading campaigner. Julie Jaye Charles, chief executive of Equalities National Council (ENC), … Continue reading →

EHRC earns cautious approval for response to Equality Act report

The equality watchdog has earned cautious approval for its response to recommendations made by a House of Lords committee that examined the impact of the Equality Act on disabled people. The committee concluded earlier this year that the government was … Continue reading →

ROFA’s conference hears call to build a stronger alliance

A campaigning alliance has called for disabled people and their organisations to join its fight to use the UN disability convention to defend attacks on their rights by the UK government. The Reclaiming Our Futures Alliance (ROFA) was holding its … Continue reading →

Drop in Access to Work numbers shows DWP ‘is strangling the scheme’

The government is facing calls for a “fundamental rethink” of its approach to Access to Work (AtW), after new figures showed the number of disabled people receiving support through the employment scheme fell last year. At its peak, in 2009-10, … Continue reading →

Delayed UN examination of UK government ‘will take place next year’

Disabled people’s organisations and grassroots groups are set to call on disabled people across England to provide the evidence they need to prepare a “hard-hitting” report on the government’s failure to implement the UN disability convention. The Reclaiming Our Futures … Continue reading →

Concern over Mordaunt’s ‘troubling’ appointment as disability minister

Disabled activists say they are “deeply concerned” by the “troubling” decision to appoint an outspoken supporter of legalising assisted suicide as the new minister for disabled people. Penny Mordaunt was appointed minister for disabled people, health and work, in the … Continue reading →